Implementing An Integrated Government-Wide ICT Platform (GOVNET)
Public Sector Transformation

Project Started on

2012

Current Status

Project status

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GovNet is envisioned as a government wide communications network for the seamless transfer of information between government agencies and other stakeholders as well as for the provision of on-line services to the public at minimal cost. The objectives are to: (i) reduce overall telecommunication costs for the GoJ; (ii) raise the economic disincentive in order to encourage government agencies to proceed on an individual basis for setting up their own networks; (iii) improve secure communications; and (iv) reduce the transaction costs associated with the provision of public services and information. 

GovNet will be a platform for collaboration and innovation. There are six (6) components on which this robust network infrastructure will be built, Network Connectivity, Secure Communication, Authentication, Endpoint Access and Security, Quality of Service, and Network Operations Management Centre. The full implementation of all components of GovNet will result in all GoJ entities being connected on a secured network, allowing for consolidation/sharing of ICT resources, shared services and integration of various GoJ systems.  The GovNet infrastructure can also be leveraged to facilitate the provision of internet services to the citizenry and attendant services including education and training. Also, with the consolidation of infrastructure and services, improved governance and governance practices will be possible. 

GovNet will be a platform for collaboration and innovation. There are six (6) components on which this robust network infrastructure will be built, Network Connectivity, Secure Communication, Authentication, Endpoint Access and Security, Quality of Service, and Network Operations Management Centre. The full implementation of all components of GovNet will result in all GoJ entities being connected on a secured network, allowing for consolidation/sharing of ICT resources, shared services and integration of various GoJ systems.  The GovNet infrastructure can also be leveraged to facilitate the provision of internet services to the citizenry and attendant services including education and training. Also, with the consolidation of infrastructure and services, improved governance and governance practices will be possible. 

  • The Government of Jamaica (GoJ) is desirous of improving its service delivery to its major stakeholders including its citizenry and business consumers and is taking steps in this regard. One of the strategies being employed is shared communication services which presuppose a common data/voice/messaging infrastructure connecting all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), with the added benefits of significant reduction in ICT operational expenses, improved utilization of resources, increased security and availability of data/information to inform decisions.

    The main issue currently relates to the unstructured and uncoordinated approach to network planning, investment and implementation in the GoJ stemming from the silo and insular mode of operation of its MDAs.  This has resulted in a fractured system in which each MDA essentially creates its own network, decides its own ICT services, implements its own security and manages its ICT affairs as it sees fit. The result is duplication of effort and investments, wasting of resources, and a myriad of different systems which cannot integrate or communicate with each other, and different polices which may sometimes be incompatible and inconsistent.

    The situation is made urgent by the acquisition of several enterprise solutions including HCMES, RAiS and ECM, currently being undertaken by the GoJ, each requiring a common network infrastructure for deployment; but these procurements are being done separately with separate provisions being made for their required infrastructure.  

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